Washington, Dec 17: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the ghastly terror attack in a school in Peshawar in Pakistan that killed 132 children, besides nine staff members. Obama said his country would stand by Pakistan in its struggle against violent extremism. [Why Taliban attacked school]
Obama said the terrorists displayed their "depravity" by targetting students and teachers in the heinous act. The school that was attacked by armed men on Tuesday is run by the army, which is considered the most powerful institution in Pakistan. [Over 130 children killed in terror attack in Pakistani school]
Obama reiterated that Washington is committed to support the government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and promote peace and stability in the region.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in London that the images of the attack were "gut-wrenching". Kerry was in London to speak about the Palestinian bid at the United Nations and force Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian land.
He said parents send their children to school to learn but they have instead been wiped away by Taliban assassins.